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Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.

AUTHOR: Christopher Society
QUOTATION: It is better to light one candle than curse the darkness.
ATTRIBUTION: Christopher Society, motto, the sentiment of which is an old Chinese proverb.—Bergen Evans, Dictionary of Quotations, p. 87, no. 7 (1968).

“I have lost more than a beloved friend. I have lost an inspiration. She would rather light a candle than curse the darkness, and her glow has warmed the world.”—Adlai E. Stevenson, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, tribute to Eleanor Roosevelt after her death on November 7, 1962, as reported by The New York Times, November 8, 1962, p. 34.